November brings some important dates to recognize in the next few days. November 6 is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. According to Christian Freedom International, more than 200 million Christians face persecution in 105 of the 196 countries of the world.
November 11 is Veteran’s Day. We recognize the sacrifices made by this group of people who have fought for the rights of all Americans. Close to 42 million men and women have given their lives to gain or preserve freedom since the Revolutionary War. These numbers represent an individual; some whose blood soaked into the ground or who suffered injuries they never recovered from to protect our rights and the rights of others around the world.
Both of these groups represent selfless individuals who sacrifice for the good of others. Missionaries all over the world suffer from persecution to bring the message of Christ to a dark world. The gospel message has been proclaimed since the apostles discovered the risen Christ and spiritual freedom has been available to all who would partake. That spiritual freedom brought about the knowledge that all men should be free in every way, which spurred the colonists to pursue separation from tyranny and our nation was born. Our veterans have been standing against attacks upon our values ever since and missionaries continue to spread light to a dark world despite the war against them.
Our Constitution was drafted to give individuals rights as Americans. One of these was the right to vote. On March 30, 1870 the 15th amendment gave African-American men the right to vote. The 19th amendment passed on June 4, 1919 and gave all women the right to vote. Please don’t stay home on November 8 because voting is not just your right, it is your duty. Veterans who fight for freedom have been commissioned because our founding fathers stood on the Word of God.
Please pray for our country, our veterans and the persecuted church all over the world.